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What is a Second Opinion?

Most of us would seek a second opinion before undergoing a procedure or new treatment. This is the same approach, but focused on your financial life.

Designed for those with £1,000,000 or more, your goals will be discussed during a free preliminary consultation. You'll then get a diagnosis of any discovered financial obstacles you have or could potentially face in the future.


What you can gain from a Second Opinion Review

Make decisions with clarity, confidence and control

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Understand if your current lifestyle is sustainable or can be improved in the future.

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Appreciate all you have today and identify trade-offs that may be needed in the future.

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Identify gaps in investment, insurance, tax and estate planning areas of your life where you could make improvements.

The results of previous Second Opinions

Quilter International (formerly known as Old Mutual International)
Invested £1,123,500
Value before Second Opinion Review £1,082,015.28
Fees before Second Opinion Review 2.74%
Total fees after our recommendations 1.50%
Performance over 1 year after our advice +19.59%
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Advice we would give our loved ones. 

We are independent fiduciaries.

Put simply, this means you get the same advice we give our family.

We don't get paid to sell certain funds and we don't have funds of our own.

Our priorities are simple.

Your best interest is first and foremost.


Ready to start the conversation?

We'll call, learn about you and help you decide if we're a good fit. It's that easy.



Asked Questions

What is a Second Opinion?

Designed for senior international executives and business owners, a Second Opinion gives you a close up, scientific, examination of any investments you currently hold. 

It allows you to find out all the charges you have paid, the contractual terms and levels of risk to which you are subject, and the performance you have received so far versus the benchmark. 

A Second Opinion is designed to enable you to make a factually based, fully informed decision about the best options for your investments and your money moving forwards.

This will ultimately give you far greater peace of mind and help you to get and keep the life you want. 

Can I have a Second Opinion for any policy?

Yes, you can get a Second Opinion for any policy. We can help you analyse any form of regular or lump sum investment. 

The most common types of plans we look at are insurance based investments from companies such as Quilter International (formerly known as Old Mutual International), Generali International, Zurich International, and Hansard International. 

We also look at the underlying investments in detail for you.

Why would I want a Second Opinion and how would it benefit me?

Sadly, it’s a fact that most international professionals inadvertently hold outdated investments that are expensive, inflexible and under perform.  This is because these are the types of investments that make expat financial 'advisers' the most money…

We often speak to expats who have lurched from adviser to adviser desperately seeking an unbiased second opinion when they realise their investments aren’t performing well – only to receive yet more conflicted opinion from another conflicted IFA.

We know that a proper scientific diagnosis of your financial position, that’s based on factual numbers and evidence, will yield you far better results in the long-run…and that is what we deliver with a Second Opinion.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant!” and the often-uncomfortable process of absorbing what your Second Opinion shows you will enable you get far greater peace of mind moving forwards, because it will help you make the best decisions for the growth and protection of your wealth.

Your Second Opinion will give you unbiased, unconflicted facts, evidence and options.  In our long history of creating them, we’ve never received anything other than thanks and positive feedback from recipients.

  • No obligation to use our services further.
  • Transparent fee-for-service structure.
  • Double check to ensure you’re on the right financial path to reach your goals.
How long will it take to receive a Second Opinion Review?

This depends how long it takes you to ask your existing provider to give you the information we need to run the Second Opinion Review. 

Once you give us the information we need – and we will help you source that information – we can complete your review within a few days. 

What is the minimum value my policy needs to be so I can have a Second Opinion?

This service is for policies worth 1,000,000 GBP (or currency equivalent) and over. 

How do I know if my investments need a Second Opinion?

An investment portfolio that worked well for you a few years ago may not be right for you now. It’s important to get an investment review regularly and make changes based on your unique goals and objectives.

Would a Second Opinion of my investments help me understand where I can cut costs?
Yes. A Second Opinion of your investments will not only help you identify where you can cut costs, but also help you get better results and peace of mind. Gain clarity, confidence and control over your investments.
How does a Second Opinion work?

We will educate you as to what you currently have in investments, insurance, tax, and estate planning documents and provide you with a detailed outline including recommendations to help address any gaps discovered on your current course.

Can I get a Second Opinion of my financial plan and not just my investments?
Yes. Our Second Opinion is designed to give senior international professionals and business owners a holistic view of their finances and put their life into numbers, ensuring they are able to get and keep the life they want.
Why should I trust a Second Opinion from AES?

We are independent fiduciaries. We don't get paid to sell certain funds and we don't have funds of our own, so our priorities are simple. Your best interest is first and foremost.

We’re here to educate you on what you have, not sell you on products you don't need or understand. We can help you implement the recommendations we make if you want...or, you can do them on your own or with your existing professionals if you so choose.